A whole host of euphemisms exist for women who don’t into the smallest clothing sizes, but what do bigger women want to be called? Apparently, “curvy” wins the day, even though I hate that word more than anything ever. Curvy is a pity-fuck—like don’t worry, even though you’re fat, you could still in some contexts be sexual.
A Sonsi.com poll of plus-size women asked, “When describing your size, what term do you prefer?” The results:
28 percent prefer the term “curvy.” After that, respondents were split: 25 percent said they prefer “plus-size” and 25 percent would prefer “full-figured.”
I basically have issues with all three of these distinctions. To me, curvy and full-figured both seem stupid, since literally all bodies have curves and what does full-figured even mean? Everyone has a figure. “Plus-size” drives me crazy (mostly because there does not seem to be a good alternative), because it implies that people who dress in non-plus-size clothing are “normal,” and that plus-size is an abnormal distinction. Smaller people are just “size,” whereas bigger women are “plus-size.” Screw that. I fall into the plus-size trap a lot, especially when covering the unbelievably limited clothing options in bigger sizes.
It also seems like even though “curvy” came out on top, nobody was particularly enthused about the options. In fact:
Given the option, many women said they pick an alternative term altogether: Respondents also suggested “normal,” “average” and “beautiful” as top picks.
Yes. Normal. All bodies are normal, and larger ones don’t exist purely in comparison to smaller ones.
At times in my life, I was much larger than I am now, and I just preferred to be called “big.” It doesn’t seem better or worse to me, I just was. It turned my stomach when people called me “curvy,” because it seemed like this pandering remark from someone who didn’t want to acknowledge that I was fat.
Ladies—what words would you use to describe your body? Is anyone else as grossed out by “curvy” as I am?